Holiday Celebrations

7 Cigar Themed Ways People Rang in the New Year

Happy New Year Everyone! We are so blessed to see another year, and to have such awesome customers both near and far.

Durango Cigars rang in the new year snowboarding in the snowy wilderness. There is nothing like a nice cigar after hitting some slopes.

In Vegas baby! Nothing says cigars quite like Vegas, and there is no better way to celebrate new years than in the party capital of the world.

At home with some Captain Morgans and some VMware (techies love cigars too ya know)

…by rolling your own

With a nice bottle of whiskey. Nothing pairs with cigars quite like a nice whiskey.

And if you aren’t into the hard stuff, you can try some nice espresso.

Cigar Weekly rung in the new year with a 5 Year aged Maduro. That looks like a beautiful smoke!

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Must-Know Tips for Lighting and Cutting a Personalized Cigar

Every cigar aficionado has had to start somewhere when it comes to lighting and cutting their cigars. This can be frustrating for those that are new to the process, and can cause even cause quite a headache if there isn’t a cigar pro around to guide the newcomer through the process.

Cutting

Guillotine Cutters

The first step in the process is cutting the personalized cigar. There are several types of cutters available. The best for cigar smoking are singe and double-bladed guillotine cutters. These are the most efficient at cutting the cigar to prep it for smoking. One great way to ensure a clean cut is to set the cutter on a table and place the cigar on it, then squeeze and cut. This method ensures not only a straight cut, but the size of most cutters will ensure that the proper amount is cut off as well. When using a pair of cutters, be sure to cut the cigar quickly, with one fluid motion, just above the shoulder (where the straight part of the cigar begins to curve to form an end).

Sharp Knife

There are other methods for cutting cigars, if no pair of guillotine cutters are available. A knife can be used, preferably a sharp one, for cutting your personalized cigar. It may take the skill of a heart surgeon, but it is possible. In case of emergency, when there is no proper pair of cutters around, a sharp knife can be used to get a cut on the cigar. Remember that it is better to cut too little than too much, and it is best to again cut just above the shoulder of the custom cigar.

Biting

The next method, as you may have guessed, is not the most efficient. It is, however, quite possible to bite the end of the cigar to prep it to be smoked. Only use this method in a pinch when there is nothing sharp to be able to properly cut the cigar. To perform this method, rotate the personalized cigar and bite gently, while rotating. After a few gentle bites the cap should pop right off. Be careful though, as if performed poorly this will result in a poor smoke.

Lighting

Lighting the cigar is simple when it’s done before, but it’s not like lighting a candle. Gas lighters and matches can be used, but butane lighters are preferred and will result in a better flavor than the oil based ones.

Oil Lighter

When an oil lighter is used, be sure to rotate the lighter as you gently puff on the cigar, drawing in enough air to start to light the end. Once there is a strong cherry on the end to keep the cigar lit and draw sufficient smoke when puffed on.

Matches

With matches, remember that it will sometimes take up to 5 matches until the cigar is properly lit. While some smokers enjoy the taste of a match-lit cigar over an oil lighter, there are certainly more preferred methods these days than matches.

Butane lighters

Butane lighters are nice because they light up easier and stay lit, and provide a stronger flame than the oil based ones. Many cigar lounges will actually prefer that you use a butane lighter over an oil based one.

Cedar

Cedar is an ideal method for lighting cigars. When cedar is available for use, it provides a nice aroma and flavor to the tobacco, and stays lit nicely for the cigar to be held up to and lit.

Whatever the preferred methods of cutting and lighting for the smoker are, chances are they’ll find a way that works for them and get used to it. Remember, cigar smoking is supposed to be enjoyable and relaxing, so don’t overthink it. Find a way that works when enjoying a personalized cigar.

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Why Personalized Cigars are the Perfect Holiday Gift

It’s getting to be that time of year again! We’re all going to be searching for a special gift for loved ones, if we haven’t found them already. Recently, I’ve been discovering the joy of savoring a wonderful cigar with an old friend. Today we wanted to talk about why a  laser-engraved personalized cigar is the perfect holiday gift!

Cigars bring people together

One of the challenges of any get-together or occasion can be keeping conversation flowing and the vibes positive and energetic. Cigars don’t just help relieve that tension; they serve as an icebreaker and a way to help people stay comfortable at your holiday fiesta. Whether at a holiday party, a College Football Playoff get-together, or a casual reunion with an old buddy, a cigar is the perfect plan to pull a group of people together so that they can enjoy themselves.

Cigars Embody Custom and Tradition

While many people these days are turning to vapes and other things, a fine laser-engraved cigar can show you care and demonstrate that you value class and have an uncompromising commitment to excellence. Cigars have been a beacon of prestige for centuries, and many famous historical figures, such as Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and even John F. Kennedy were known to enjoy their own cigars. Even Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was famous for his love for cigars! Too bad these figures didn’t have their own laser-engraved custom cigars to enjoy!

Custom Cigars are Personal

At Cigar Ink we are able to custom engrave your personalized cigars to fit any occasion for a friend or loved one. Anyone can pick up a gift at the mall, or even a great cigar from a local cigar shop. But the best gifts are the ones that are personal. Showing that you put in the time and effort to make your gift special, will show your friend or special someone that they are special, too.

Personalized Cigars are for Occasions or for an Individual

This holiday season, get a personalized cigar for a friend with their nickname engraved across the side, or you can even get a box of cigars with the name of your event on the side so that everyone can enjoy a cigar for a special occasion. You can even customize the font of your personalized cigars!

Whatever the reason or occasion for getting a custom cigar, the one thing that’s certain is that they will make great gifts. The kind of gift the other people will be jealous of when they see, because they are unique! So stay classy this holiday season and give a laser-engraved, personalized cigar. Call us at CigarInk today at 772-486-0068 or shop online here at our website!

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How to Plan Your New Year’s Cigar Party

These days, New Year’s Eve parties are becoming a little obsolete. However, when the right new thing is added into the mix, your party this holiday season can be far better than you imagined. Remember, people love new things, and while cigars certainly aren’t a new thing, the idea of a cigar party, or herf, for a New Year’s extravaganza definitely is. Let’s go over a few things to remember when planning your 2016 celebration.

Choose Your Venue

You may decide if to have your Cigar Party at home this New Year’s, if you have sufficient space and commodities available to be able to entertain a sizeable amount of people. If you prefer to have your party elsewhere, it’s time to go ahead and choose your venue if you haven’t done so already. There are many places here in South Florida if you are local, including lots of oceanfront property around West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami. Use your imagination and you’ll be able to come up with a great place.

Plan Around Football

Playoffs? Playoffs! That’s right, the College Football Championship Series is back. It’s possible that you and those closest to you aren’t too concerned with college football this week. However, if you’re a diehard football fan, or if your team is in the Top 4 this season, you’re going to want to plan around the playoff schedule for your cigar herf. Choose a venue with a few big screen TVs, and consider personalized cigars emblazoned with the letters of your favorite school. That’s what makes custom laser-engraved cigars so great, they can be perfect for any occasion.

Select Your Engraving

On that note, when planning your cigar party be sure to wisely choose the engraving you want upon each of your personalized cigars. You may want something clever to celebrate 2016, or a phrase that could seal off 2015 for all those in attendance. Remember that there will be many in attendance and you want the selection you choose to be an inspiration to everyone.

Get In Touch With Cigar Ink

The last thing to remember is to get in touch with Cigar Ink as soon as possible. The New Year is approaching quickly, and we have you covered on everything from the Cigar Girls for your party to the personalized cigars everyone will be enjoying.   If you’re ready to plan your New Year’s Bash or your party for any other occasion, you can get in touch with Cigar Ink at 772-486-0068! Happy New Year!

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Suggestions for Giving Personalized Cigars as Presents

Personalized cigars and accessories are great gifts, but you can easily make mistakes when trying to give them out as presents. Sometimes you can get the wrong type or give an accessory that a friend already has. Follow these pointers for giving personalized cigars and accessories out as gifts to avoid pitfalls!

Suggestions for Giving Personalized Cigars

Beware of the Box!

Some cigar smokers are particular when it comes to brand. Some may not be willing to try anything different, so you may not want to jump the gun and get them the wrong type of cigar! Be sure that you know which brand of custom cigars the person likes most before getting a bunch of personalized cigars in a box!

Samples

Giving samples of cigars as a gift is a great option. You may find this is in your best interest because a lot of people don’t prefer one cigar more than another. Samples are ideal for a majority of people because they offer a variety of custom cigars. It allows the receiver of the cigars to try different brands and they get a new experience with each one! Sure, they may not like each one they try but they get to try one each time! Then, if they haven’t ever tried one out before, they can see which ones they like and don’t like for that matter! But let’s face it, who doesn’t like a good cigar after all?

Accessories & Wrappers

Maybe you’re unsure about what types of cigars to get. If this is the case, you may want to think about getting cigar accessories instead! Accessories can include anything from lighters, cutters, leather cases, glass humidors, cigar wrappers, double blade cutters, and torch lighters. These are great gift ideas that any cigar fan would need in order to maximize their cigar experience.

Whether you are getting a bunch of different custom cigars, a box for your friend, co-worker, or loved one, nifty cigar accessories, or a combination of all cigar products, understanding these pointers about giving personalized cigars as presents can be extremely helpful. Cigars and accessories are great gifts because they provide an experience. Don’t miss out on giving someone an experience they can enjoy today!

Custom Cigars

5 Reasons Custom Cigars are Better than Traditional

At Cigar Ink we pride ourselves on our one of a kind laser engraved custom cigars. Ever since going online we have amassed quite a following. When cigar aficionados do a traditional search for cigars by looking up ‘buy cigars online’ they are greeted from a whole bunch of links promising awesome deals. In reality most of these cigars that you find are the same ones you could find at your local cigar shop, there is nothing unique or original to them, and to add to that the prices aren’t even much cheaper.

When you go online to search for a cigar you want to find something that is original, something that you cannot find in-store. Let’s be honest, we all wish we could buy Cuban cigars but that isn’t possible, at least for now! So you can’t get Cuban cigars, but what else could you get? The thought of custom cigars never really crossed anyone’s mind, the knowledge that there is a company that custom laser engraves cigars is beyond them. The fact is that a custom laser imprinted cigar is possible and has an extreme amount of hype behind it. Custom cigars are the answer to your boring cigar. We are going to leave you with 5 reasons why custom cigars are better than traditional ones.

Custom Cigars vs Traditional Cigars

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One of our “Cigar Girls” holding up a couple of our custom cigars.
  1. They are conversation starters. You don’t know how many times I’ve had someone come up to me and ask what I was puffing on. Many, in fact most “cigar aficionados” haven’t seen a custom cigar, or a custom printed one for that matter. Many times they see it and they want a sample or their own custom printed cigar. Most people I have met on the street have become loyal followers.
  2. They are great cigars to bring to a herf. The fact that you could pass around custom printed cigars at a herf (we covered what a cigar herf is in our previous article) is HUGE. Passing out cigars at a cigar herf could be a great source of branding while also creating some awesome social interaction.
  3. They are great for your company. The fine folks at Next Luxury are to thank for this one. To piggyback off of the cigar herf idea of branding, they are a great marketing tool for any company. For instance, say you are selling cars or real estate, giving the buyer one of these custom cigars could really show your appreciation.
  4. They are great for special occasions. These cigars are the best for special occasions. Plenty of our orders come from people celebrating a big event such as a wedding, a birth, a job promotion, or for watching your favorite team. We have personally first-hand seen how much of a bang passing out these cigars for a wedding created. In fact the father of the bride came up to me after and told me it was the best part of the wedding (I’m sure his daughter getting married was, but still).
  5. They are just PLAIN awesome. Smoking one of these cigars is awesome and just creates a huge personal bond between you and the cigar or between the people you are smoking with. My friends and I still choose to smoke traditional cigars once in a while, but we always usually go with our personal laser engraved custom cigars.

Personalized Cigars are the Best

There you have it! Fresh from the cigar ink smoking lounge we gave you 5 reasons why custom cigars are better than traditional cigars.

Create the Party. Be the Party. With Cigar Ink Personalized Cigars.

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5 Halloween Drink Ideas To Enjoy With Your Cigar

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Witch enjoying a cocktail. Enjoy our 5 Halloween Drink Ideas!

Halloween is shortly around the corner and you may need Halloween drink ideas!  After all, you don’t want to be stuck drinking the same alcoholic beverages you normally drink year-round.  It’s time to spice things up a bit. We are cigar aficionados at heart, but we also love a good drink once in a while. You also love enticement, which is why you’ll be looking forward to the custom cigars you’ll be smoking after you choose one of these elaborate Halloween drink ideas!

1. Bleeding Heart Martini

For Halloween, what could be more spooky or freaky than taking a sip out of a drink with a pickled beet in it that resembles a human heart?  This martini is sure to test people with a weak stomach!

2. The Pain Slasher

This drink takes effort to make but the reward is great. It will have an orange color that will be appropriate for the festive occasion of Halloween!  Add 4 ounces of pineapple juice as the base to your drink with 1 ounce of orange juice and one ounce of coconut cream.  Then comes the rum — but only if you’re up for it!  Add anywhere from one to four ounces if you dare!  This creepy drink won’t slash you like a killer in a horror movie but instead can provide a tangy and tropical taste!

3. Eyeball Cocktails

Drinking a cocktail can get extra crazy when you look down and see that there is an eyeball inside!  To create this wild drink, start with the eyeballs.  Get black seedless grapes and Concord grapes.  Minimal preparation will be required.  Start with a selected amount of grapes and peel the skin halfway off the black grapes.  Use a small kitchen utensil to remove the stem end of each black grape to make a hole.  Then place a Concord grape inside the hole of each of these black grapes.  Finally, pour out your favorite martini over these and there you have it!

4. Dark Moon

Put 3 ounces of beer into cup and then 3 ounces of dry wine over it.  Drink only at your own risk!  This ghoulish drink is sure to leave you howling at the moon!

5. Run for Your Apple

Start making this drink early on because you will need time to set it aside to chill.  In a large bowl, pour a quart of cold apple cider, 1 1/4 cup spiced rum, and about two tablespoons of lemon juice.  Place it in the refrigerator for approximately 12 hours and then pour over ice to serve with slice of an apple.  This is the perfect treat for you on Halloween!

Enjoy Your Halloween Cocktail with a Nice Cigar

No matter what drink you decide, don’t forget to compliment your Halloween drink ideas with the perfect touch of a cigar.  You can even raise the stakes even more and hold your own cigar party or cigar herf.  All in all, there’s nothing like a fine, smooth cigar after a nice drink.  Halloween is just the right occasion for a drink and some personalized cigars!

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What Is A Cigar Herf? We Breakdown This Latest Trend

What is a cigar herf? In this day and age of parties, charity events, and social gatherings, more and more people are realizing how much cigars can add to the social aspect. As a supplier of custom cigars and with experience in throwing cigar events we know how much of a difference adding cigars to a party can make. There is actually a term for a ‘cigar party’ which we are going to further get into below.

What is a Cigar Herf?

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Pretty “cigar girl” holding custom cigars at a cigar herf.

In layman’s terms a Cigar Herf is just a fancy term for a gathering of people smoking cigars. Seems like such a simple definition for such a fancy term, but that is it. I see many cigar aficionados use the term in their daily speech. You could use the term herf as a noun and you can also use it as a verb. For instance, you can tell your buddy that you ‘want to herf’ or you can tell your wife that you are busy ‘herfing with the pals’.

The term Cigar Herf originated in the mid 90’s and was a term that only our customers and cigar aficionados knew. With the popularity of cigars increasing, people have been asking their smoker friends or googling “what a cigar herf is” to learn about this new trend. Now that we got your attention we are going to talk about what makes cigar herfs so special.

What is so special about a Cigar Herf?

There is just something that is so special about holding a cigar herf or attending one. After holding cigar herfs for numerous charity events, athletes, and rappers, there is a reason they keep coming back for more.

The total relaxation and the bond that could be shared at one of these events is unparalleled. The commonality of people smoking gathering and smoking cigars is a great way to meet people and also a great icebreaker. It’s not uncommon to be asked ‘what are you puffing on’ or if ‘you want to join us for a cigar and drink?’

Another perk to cigar herfs is the amount of beautiful ladies running around. We held and been to a couple cigar herfs and viewing the beautiful ladies handing out cigars is just a sight to behold. At our events plenty of the people tell us that our ‘Cigar Girls’ were one of their favorite aspects. There is just something so special about having a beautiful lady hand you your cigar.

Host your own Cigar Herf!

Now that you know what a Cigar Herf is, it would be an awesome idea to take this information and host your own! There is no better way to create camaraderie between a group of people than to smoke cigars together. Trust us you and your friends would not be disappointed! If you ever need help in holding a cigar herf then we can provide a perfect cigar event experience for you that will keep you coming back for more.

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Find out why Custom Wedding Cigars are a Must

There is nothing as magical as two love birds about to get married. There is a lot of planning that goes into a marriage, from the color of the flowers, to the wedding cake and most importantly to the color of the wedding dress. There is nothing like the joy felt from two newlyweds to be completely loving each other and vowing to spend the rest of their lives together. There are many ways to build a nice comradery between the bride’s mates and the groom’s mates, but for sure and without question one of the best ways is to create custom wedding cigars.

Custom Wedding Cigars Create a Memorable Experience

Custom wedding cigars are a great way to create a truly memorable and special experience. There is no better way to relax with the pals than drinking some champagne and smoking nice high quality cigars. Having a name customized on every cigar and having the date of the marriage with the bride and groom’s name is a great way to create a personable and special bond between the groom’s and bride’s mates.

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Wedding cigars for grooms-mates.

We Specialize on Laser Engraved Custom Cigars

At Cigar Ink we specialize on creating custom cigars for any occasion. Whether it be birthdays, anniversaries, it’s a boy or it’s a girl sets, personal engravings and of course the famous “wedding cigars”. We have had hundreds of happy brides and grooms that loved their wedding experience and even recommend it to their single friends. The bond and comradery smoking something simple as a cigar created was unremarkable… Just savoring the flavor, completely living in the moment and enjoying the laughs were common themes in their weddings.

Get Wedding Cigars for your Wedding!

If you love cigars there is nothing you can’t think of personalizing on a cigar. We are expert cigar aficionados with a complete love and passion for all things cigars. If you are thinking about getting custom cigars or wedding cigars then we are your #1 stop! Click through the above link to check out or occasion cigars or if you have any questions you can contact us here.

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How to Smoke a Cigar the Right Way

Smoking a cigar is not something as easy as picking it up and taking a puff. Smoking is an art. Going through the motions of smoking a cigar is worth it and you should become accustomed to smoking in no time. Before you can enjoy the fine taste and relaxation of a nice cigar you need to make sure you choose the right kind, cut the cigar, toast the foot, light the cigar, make sure it’s evenly lit, smoke it, handle the ash and store it properly!

Choosing a Cigar: Picking the right cigar is important. If you are at a local cigar shop you want to make sure you choose the right one before making an impulsive buy. If it is your first time smoking a cigar you want to make sure you choose a mild cigar that is thinner as opposed to the longer/wider cigars. Buying the most expensive cigar isn’t always the right way to go and doesn’t always mean you are getting quality. Asking a worker on cigar recommendations for a beginner is a good way to go and I’ve seen many friends get guided into the right direction. Once you find a cigar that you’d like to buy you should inspect it by gently squeezing it to making sure that there aren’t any spots that are too hard or soft. Having either of those issues will mean that the cigar will give you a bad draw. If you buy multiple cigars it will be a smart idea to store your cigars in the humidor!

Cutting the Cigar: Using a cigar cutter, you should cut off the cap at about 1/8 of an inch. You want to cut the cigar with a quick, strong motion to prevent tearing.

Toast the Foot and Light the Cigar: You are going to need to make sure you use the proper lighter to avoid altering the flavor of the cigar. Butane lighters are the best option, but in a pinch a long wood match will work fine as well. Before lighting the cigar you are going to want to warm the tobacco at the end opposite from the cap which is called the foot. Holding the flame below the foot while rotating will warm up the tobacco making it easier to light. Once that is done you are going to light the cigar by holding the flame in front of the cigar without letting it touch the cigar. Gently puff a few times without inhaling till you can feel smoke coming into your mouth. Make sure you spin it around while lighting to get an even burn.

Making Sure it is Evenly Lit: This is a simple step or fix. Once it is lit you should look at the foot of the cigar and lightly blow on it to ensure that it’s evenly lit. You want to make sure the entire end is glowing, if this is not the case you can slowly spin and re-light the cigar to make sure it burns evenly!

Smoke the Bad Boy:  Finally now you can sit back and enjoy your smoke! Unlike cigarettes, cigars shouldn’t be inhaled, so make sure to you draw the smoke into your mouth as if you were sucking on a straw. Once you have the smoke in your mouth hold it for a few seconds to savor the taste. Puff and rotate the cigar every 30 seconds to keep the cigar in good form. To ash the cigar all you do is lightly tap the cigar along the edge into the ashtray. When you are done with the cigar it is best to let it sit and extinguish in the ashtray, trying to clip the cigar or saving it for later will result in an unfavorable taste that many aficionados do not agree with.

Now that we taught you how to smoke a cigar we suggest you go out there and give it a go! Entering the world of cigars is an exciting on and can create many memorable experiences! There is nothing like enjoying a nice high quality cigar after a hard days work!

We at Cigar Ink offer high quality and personalized cigars at a nice affordable rate! Come check us out!